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tomorrow night, a new you from a man who can make good on that promise. deepak chopra is here tomorrow. anderson cooper starts right now. good evening. we begin tonight with breaking news about the latest potential threat to the winter olympic games involving explosive in toothpaste tubes. the concerns are linked to the start of competition a few hours again. the usual qualifiers apply about evaluating the threat's credibility and so on, but it's clear, official washington is not taking this lightly. >> this is the type of threat, though, that we're very concerned about. americans should take it very seriously. the airlines should take it seerlly. obviously the people at the olympics should take it seriously. >> that was congressman peter king just a short time ago. we want to start with evan
perez, working his sources in washington. evan, sources revealing a potential threat. they believe it's credible. they're taking it seriously. what else do you know? >> anderson, this is a threat they think is particularly focused on flights coming from european countries and other neighboring countries into russia. we know that's a specific worry that they have right now among u.s. officials, in the intelligence community and homeland security officias. it's very unusual to issue an alert like this, so it tells you they're take thing very seriously. they don't want to take any chances that there's something they could have missed, anderson. >> despite the threats, do u.s. officials believe it's safe to travel to the olympics? >> they do. they have increased confidence that the russians have done a good job securing the olympic village, sochi itself. they think that the russians have dedicated enough resources to make sure people who are inside the so-called ring of
steel are going to be safe. the question is about people getting to sochi from outside of russia. people who are going to be traveling from turkey, for instance and neighboring countries. whether those people can get there safely. that is the big concern. >> a lot of soft targets outside the sochi area. as if the olympics didn't have enough problems already, as if security weren't already tight, there's this now. nick paton walsh joins us now. are russians recalculating security plans? >> i think the russians would say they've done all they can here. they've thrown the book at the venue behind me. there were three surveillance balloons in the air yesterday, three helicopters circling constantly. i think the reaction is to say we're doing all we can, these games are safe. picking up on something evan
said, there are only two flights coming from europe, one from germany, one from turkey that landed in sochi. everything else goes through moscow. >> i understand that liquids of any kind were banned on flights to sochi. so russians were taking precautions in terms of flighting before this warning. >> when i flew from moscow, it was clear, the russian state airline told me no liquids at all. lots of unpopularity for the original decree, banning baby milk for example. but the key question, in the days ahead is the history that russia has had on board. back in 2004, two aircraft were blown out of the sky by two female bombers.
russia has tried to put the problem to one side. perhaps they knew about this. perhaps they told the americans or perhaps the americans warned them. but seemingly the russians did have concerns about liquids on board aircraft. >> nick, stick around. i want to bring in peter bergen and peter, what do you make of the latest threat? >> well, you know, anderson, this is -- the context of some of this is these kinds of -- building a bomb on a plane has been an idea people associated with al qaeda or like-minded groups that have had this mind for two decades. back in the '90s, a bomb was assembled on a plane and killed somebody. he built the bomb in the bathroom. this is not something that is entirely new. this is a sort of wrinkle on a kind of tactic that we've seen before, and we've had other alerts, nothing happened. sometimes an alert can disrupt a plot because people say we're
not going to do it. sometimes the information is inaccurate. usually these don't result in us having some kind of an event. >> given the fact that russia has banned any kind of carry-on liquid on board flights arriving at the two main moscow airports, is the warning from the u.s. unnecessary or just out of precaution? >> no, i think washington is expecting some sort of attack. they're considering all the possibilities. al qaeda uses liquid bombs. they've experimented wit, as peter said. but you don't need liquid. you can take a high explosive and put it in the liner of suitcases. it depends on how good the russians are, but these things can get very sophisticated. the chechens do have access to them. again, we're looking for specifics. >> bob, without going into specifics, can somebody make a bomb out of -- with just enough material that would put in a
tube of toothpaste, a bomb that would do significant damage? >> a to be of toothpaste is too small. but there are certain powders that could be used as explosives, if you have a suicide bomber in the bathroom. are the chechens aware of this? i suspect they are. but have they perfected it? that's another question. >> in terms of the other attacks we've seen in russia, what kind of level of sophistication has there been with bombmaking? >> i remember seeing paint tubs being filled with homemade explosives. but more recently video showin suicide belts, very small and tightly made. it suggests they got a lot more sophisticated here. an ethnic russian with significant expertise has been pointed out by the russian security service being behind some of the more recent devices. this is a very active insurgency, so you can imagine
in eight years since we saw some of the most crude devicedevic. - >> what sort of abilities have we seen from them, going back to the takeover of that theater back in the early part of the 2000s, what kind of capabilities do they have? and are they known for making threats that they don't deliver on? >> they've delivered on quite a number of their threats. i'll give you an example of something they've done, which is unusual for a terrorist group. in a moscow park, they demonstrated by leaving some radioactive materials that they could get the makings of a radioactive bomb, and they did that about ten years ago. so i think there is a level of sophisticati sophistication.
tolstoy was writing about fighting the chechens in the 19th century. the chechens have good reason not to like the russians and they have followed through on these threats. >> let us know what you think on twitter. up next tonight, call it the world's the worst surfing movie, "the endless winter," another blast of snow, ice and rain hits the northeast and midwest with power outages and thousands of flights canceled. we have a live update on the winter that will not quit. also ahead, four arrests in connection with the drugs found in philip seymour hoffman's apartment. the latest when we continue. yep! so is your husband off the hook? no. he went out for milk last week and came back with a puppy. hold it. hold it. hold it. at discover, we treat you like you'd treat you. get the it card with late payment forgiveness.
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over yet. once again, the midwest and northeast got hammered. snow, ice, freezing rain, the kind of stuff that brings down power lines and covers highways and bricks new york subways to a stand still. more than 500,000 homes without power. several thousand flights canceled. a road salt shortage in new york. and there's another storm on the way. more on that in a second. but first, the present misery. it's all hands on deck in the northeast, where no one it seems, no matter your age, can escape grabbing a shovel to help out. >> shawn is shoveling. keep shoveling. >> another storm in an unforgiving winter leaving people to dig out yet again. commuters from kansas to massachusetts were again frustrated, dealing with the worst winter in recent memory. >> you can't even get out and enjoy this. >> it's been crazy. >> it is slippery. i've seen cars sliding behind me and it's not ideal conditions at
all. >> it wasn't just the snow, ice added to the misery. cars struggling to get traction in kansas where the storm is blamed for the state's third weather related fatality. in illinois, car after car went skidding off the roadway. in missouri, this southwest airlines flight hit a snow bank as it was taxiing to a gate. in detroit, two delta planes got stuck in snow on the runway. nationwide, airlines canceled more than 2,800 flights, with significant delays from chicago to north carolina. in new york, heavy snows are taxing salt reserves. the governor declared an emergency for the entire state, with people struggling to get to work. >> it's a little dangerous out here. >> up and down the northeast, the snow and ice bringing down power lines and it's not letting up. icy conditions from eastern missouri to new england are predicted with up to two inches
of snow per hour around boston and a foot of snow in parts of massachusetts. no choice but to deal with snow again tomorrow. >> put your boots on, lace them up and get out there. >> well, lace up your boots, fire up the snowmobile, whatever it takes. so what's the latest on today's storm, who was hardest hit? >> it's that little swath right through new york, new hampshire and also massachusetts. those folks got hit the hardest. we had reports, more than a foot of snow in those areas. luckily that storm is pushing out and we are seeing improving conditions during the overnight hours. look at some of these numbers. right there, 11 inches, 12 inches in new york. of course, we are seeing that snow pushing out. albany still getting some of that snow. boston, it has pretty much ended for you. you could get a little bit more as we go through the overnight. not much expected at all. a lot of the winter storm warnings have been canceled.
a few left in the boston area. also in northern maine. so the snow accumulation as we go through the rest of the night not much at all. less than an inch. we are going to see a little bit in northern maine. but that is all. temperatures are going to plummet, though. temperatures have stayed above freezing for the past couple of hours in places like new york city, philly. fig that has melted has become slushy during the overnight hours. it is going to freeze, anderson. so we are going to see a messy commute as we go through tomorrow morning. dangerous travel in the northeast. >> another storm this weekend. i'm supposed to work in boston this weekend. they're supposed to get snow. where is it going to hit this weekend? >> looks like we're going to see another system this weekend. it doesn't look like it's going to be quite as wad. it's two separate systems. this one low tracking to the north is going to bring a little snow to new york city, basically
the same area that was hit today. and then this low to the south is going to trek basically to the east and be a rainmaker for much of the southeast sunday night into monday. a lot more happening tonight. susan hendricks has a "360" bulletin. virginia police charged three people with stealing the truck of a missing police captain, but still no sign of captain kevin quick, who was last seen friday night. now, police say the three suspects under arrest are siblings. tonight, there are the pictures by the way. tonight, a "360" follow. kenld rick johnson's family is suing if funeral home who handled his remains. he died last year under mysterious circumstances. the lawsuit alleges that the funeral home desecrated his body. cvs announced they will stop selling cigarettes. they estimate they will lose $2 billion in annual revenues, but
calls the move one that makes sense. the ceo says his focus is long-term health ahead of profit. word tonight that justin bieber and his father allegedly were difficult passengers on a flight last friday. a law enforcement source says they ignored the pilot's warning to stop smoking pot and the pilots were concerned they may test positive for the drug for inhaling that smoke accidently. anderson? >> so he was smoking pot allegedly on a flight with his father >> unbelievable, i know. and we're wonderig. >> susan, thank you very much. just ahead, developments in the investigation of philip seymour hoffman's death. four people were arrested. plus, on pope nenltss of the affordable care act say obamacare will kill more than 2 million jobs. we're keeping them honest ahead. [ male announcer ] your eyes. even at a distance of 10 miles...
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welcome back. tonight the public farewell to actor philip seymour hoffman have begun. just a short time ago, lights were dimmed in tribute to hoffman. the oscar winner appeared on broadway three times winning tony nominations for every performance. his stage work was as big a part as his career in film. the labyrinth theater off broadway where hoffman was a company member and former artistic director is holding a vigil and community prayer right now. although hoffman was found with a syringe in his arm, the cause of his death is officially undetermined. today a medical examiner says an autopsy was inconclusive pending toxicology reports. the police investigation has gained ground with four arrests. three men and a woman, all but
one shown here, are facing drug-related charges tonight. jason carroll has details. >> reporter: a night-time drug raid on a west village apartment building not far from where philip seymour hoffman lived. a tip that someone here sold drugs to hoffman leads police to search three apartments in the building. according to law enforcement, inside they find 350 bags of heroin and other drugs. the heroin called the black list and red bull not the same labels found on heroin found in hoffman's apartment which were called ace of spades and ace of hearts. four was initially arrested. these pictures showing two men taken into custody late tuesday night. max rosenbloom and robert vineberg. vineberg faces felony drug charges. a law enforcement source saying they found the largest amount of drugs in his apartment. and cnn has learned vineberg's cell phone had hoffman's phone number stored in it.
>> he's honestly one of the nicest people i've ever met. smart, yeah. he goes out of his way to be nice. >> reporter: vineberg is a jazz musician, well-known in the downtown club scene. he uses the stage name robert aaron and has appeared with the rapper wyclef jean. supporters posting comments on his facebook page such as "thinking of you". investigators still trying to determine if vineberg or any of the suspects sold drugs to hoffman. still unclear what led hoffman who had struggled with addiction to relapse. some insight might come from his journal which police found on a table in his apartment. the cause of death still pending. medical examiner saying at this point the exam was inconclusive. those who worked alongside him in theater still struggling with the loss. >> phil was a leader in the greatest sense of the word, because he didn't just talk the talk, he walked the walk.
we will more than miss phil. we will live in a smaller world without him. we all know that for sure. we can only say tonight that we were lucky to know him. >> jason, i understand there were developments in court as well. >> reporter: absolutely. those four suspects arraigned in court tonight. the attorney for one of them, a 22-year-old woman. he basically says that his client was simply, anderson, in the wrong place at the wrong time. he said she didn't even know hoffman and that she plans on pleading not guilty. in terms of vineberg who was mentioned there in the piece, basically i spoke to one of his friends on the phone a little earlier. and he says he feels as though vineberg is being used as a scapegoat. and he says in no way, shape or form should vineberg be accused in any way of having to do with any death of philip seymour hoffman. >> all right, jason, appreciate the update. if it turns out hoffman got the heroin that likely killed him can they be charged?
or whoever he got it from, can they be charged? that's a question for our senior legal analyst and former federal prosecutor jeffrey toobin who joins me now. can they? >> it's remotely possible but very unlikely. first of all, it's simply not done that heroin or any sort of drug dealers are prosecuted unless you can prove that they knew or really had very good reason to suspect that it was going to cause a death. if they added, for example, fentanyl or another ingredient. >> so there would have to be prior knowledge that this drug was -- >> more than usually dangerous. the second point is proof. how do you prove that that heroin caused the death? here apparently you have different labels. if you had the same label how could you prove that that drug -- >> the dealer doesn't necessarily stamp the label. it's usually from a bigger manufacturing place and these are just middle men.
>> and it's not like there are dna tests where you can prove that heroin from this source caused this death. heroin is a pretty generic product. so it would be very difficult unless you had eyewitnesses or something. >> so somebody who is somehow linked to the sale, i'm not saying it's these people who were arrested but whoever it is and if police actually do track it down, would they be charged just for dealing heroin? >> yes. >> but not related to the death of philip seymour hoffman. >> there is almost -- i've never heard, frankly, of a drug dealer being charged directly in the death that's caused. i'm not saying it's never happened but it's certainly very rare. but don't kid yourself. dealing heroin is a very serious crime. and if you're convicted of it you're going to go away for a long time, anyway. >> really? >> oh, yeah. we're not talking about pot here. heroin is still in every state, including new york where obviously this took place, is something where you can easily get ten years in prison for dealing distribution-size
quantities of heroin. we're not talking about pot here. >> all right. jeff toobin, thanks very much. philip seymour hoffman's death obviously has thrown some cold hard facts into sharp relief. heroin use is on the rise. so are deaths from overdoses. simple economics at work. heroin is easy to get. law enforcement officials and addicts agree on that point. there's also the cost. compared to prescription painkillers which is how many heroin addicts start off, heroin is cheaper these days and gives the same kind of high. it's easier to get. a lot prescription pills police have been cracking down on those. as randi kaye found out, you don't have to go very far in any decent sized city to find heroin. >> reporter: it's broad daylight in philadelphia. so it's plain to see this heroin deal in the making. >> if you look at some of the people that just left, they're all addicts. so they're in a neighborhood here. they're looking to get their fix for the day. >> reporter: not just on this corner. as a dea agent drove us around,
we saw dealers and addicts at nearly every intersection. he showed me the tiny bags the heroin is sold in, under street names like bud ice, white house, even dea. and the buyers? anyone from high schoolers to housewives. he says most of the heroin here is coming from mexican cartels. it's a cheap fix. just $10 a bag. and so easy to get. here's how it works. the dealers have guys on the street they call lookouts. >> once a buyer walks down the street, you'll have those lookouts direct them, hey, they're on the corner of 6th and marshall. >> reporter: lookouts aren't just for buyers but police, too. some are in cars. honking their horns to alert the dealers. watch what happens when we show up. >> as you can see, people walking away. this right here are several drug dealers on the corner. >> they're on the move. >> they're moving. you see this guy moving? you see these guys moving down
the road here? all right. we got a lookout. this individual here probably is looking to cup bags of heroin. >> those guys just ran basically. >> they're running. they know we're here. >> reporter: the agent says pennsylvania heroin is the purest east of the mississippi. but that still hasn't stopped some dealers from mixing it with drugs like fentanyl, a powerful narcotic often used to treat cancer patients. just last month, 22 people died from heroin overdoses in western pennsylvania. all of it had been laced with fentanyl. >> fentanyl is extremely dangerous. extremely potent. and two to three grains of salt just to put anytime perspective, of this mixed in with heroin could kill a seasoned heroin addict. >> they don't tell you it's in there. >> they don't tell you it's in there. >> reporter: the agent's team recently seized over 12 kilograms of heroin worth millions of dollars on the
street. these are evidence photos of just some of the heroin and weapons they've picked up. but dealers are going to extremes. like this woman, police say, was selling heroin in mcdonald's happy meals. $2 for the toy, 80 bucks for the heroin. those extremes and creativity are only making his job harder. >> sometimes they'll have small amounts on them. and sometimes it will be hidden. it could be hidden in that mailbox. could be hidden underneath the car. it will be hidden in a corner. then they'll go and re up the amount that they have on them. so they never take a chance to lose their product. >> randi joins us live. randi, amazing to see how open it is. why don't they pick these guys up that you saw selling on the streets? why not pick them up? >> reporter: that's what i asked, too. because they are out there doing it right there in the open. so i said why aren't the police here? why aren't these guys being arrested? and really, anderson, those aren't the guys they want.
they want the big guys, the guys who are running this organization. i'm told they can bring in as much as $100,000, anderson, in a single shift of about eight hours. but the guys on the street who are risking arrest out there, they only get a couple hundred dollars, maybe $300 i'm told. it's the big guys who are raking in and cashing in on these whole deal. >> so the ones selling on the street are just low-level middle men. >> reporter: exactly. they're hardly making any money. a couple, $300 for an eight-hour shift. maybe that's good money to them. but the guys who are really bringing it in are the ones pulling in $100,000 every day, every eight hours. >> you weren't able to approach any of these actual dealers, were you? >> no. i mean, in fact our special agent that we were with he had his weapon out. it was a pretty dicey scene. but i did ask him, i want to see how easy it is. can i go up to one of these guys or groups to try to buy some of this. no mainly he wouldn't let me it's illegal. but also he said it's so risky. if i had gone there on my own to
try to buy some heroin like some of these high schoolers, high school wrestlers coming, housewives coming. if i was doing that he said not only would i risk being dragged into an alley and being abused, but i would also risk having my car stolen, being robbed. he said this is one really bad deal you do not want to mess with these guys. >> randi, appreciate that. the friend of philip seymour hoffman who found him dead inside his apartment will be on new day tomorrow. still to come, more on the breaking news. the terror alert linked to the olympic games. reporters at the olympics say hotels are in shambles. the water is dangerous. you're not even supposed to flush the toilet. it's quite something. we'll have an update ahead. also is obamacare really a job killer? a report that the affordable care act will lead to 2.5 million lost jobs made a great talking point for a lot of republicans. the question is is it actually accurate? we're keeping them honest next. y
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keeping them honest tonight, politicians who have the nonpartisan facts in front of them but choose partisan spin even after the facts are well-known and the spin is exposed for what it is. this time it involves a new report on the affordable care act from the nonpartisan congressional budget office. if you listen to republicans when it came out yesterday and even well into today, you'd think this report calls it
a massive job killer. >> they estimate 2 million fewer jobs will be created as a result of obamacare. >> 2 million fewer jobs as a result of the obama health care law. >> the real point is is that obamacare is going to cost 2 million fewer people to have jobs. >> so keeping them honest, is there anything to the allegations that the affordable care act will result in nearly 2.5 million layoffs? in a word, no. in a few words, here's the relevant passage from the report that they are spinning. and i quote "the estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply rather than from a net drop in business's demand for labor." in other words, the new law enables those who are staying in full-time jobs or putting off retirement so they can maintain their employer-provided health benefits to retire or cut back to part-time. testifying today before the director of the house budget committee, the congressional budget office restated that conclusion. under questioning from democrat
chris van holden said the act could actually make it easier for people to find work. >> so when you boost demand for labor, in this kind of economy, you actually reduce the unemployment rate because those people who were looking for work can find more work, right? >> yes. that's right. >> so now earlier in those hearings a big-name republican committee chairman paul ryan questioned the cbo director. he's not a fan obviously of the affordable care act. as you'll see his questioning highlights some potential problems with the law in the cbo report. notice what he did not do is buy into the spain onlayoffs. in fact, listen to the beginning of the question. he actually debunks it. >> so just to understand this, it's not that employers are laying people off, it's that people aren't working in the workforce, aren't supplying labor to the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs in 2024, and as a result that lower workforce participation rate, that less labor supplied lowers economic growth.
>> yes. that's right, mr. chairman. >> so to be clear, at the end there he's highlighting a very different concern about the law. he also points out as economists on both sides of the aisle, by the way, that subsidizing health insurance is a kind of disincentive to working more. but again, that's a very different issue entirely from the debunked job-killing talking point. no matter, though, this is capitol hill where folks never let a fact get in the way of a good press release. hours after the hearing, house speaker john boehner put out a statement titled" dems in full damage control on obamacare." containing links to a number of stories including one from "the washington examiner" on the report showing obamacare would quote, eliminate 2.5 million jobs, which is just not true. more now from democratic strategist and cnn political commentator cornell belcher, and ralph reed founder of the christian coalition and president of century strategies. >> cornell, there's no doubt a lot of people have been spinning what the cbo report says.
today the cbo director said it will reduce unemployment, but the report also said it's going to reduce people's incentive to work to the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time workers over ten years. and the report says businesses might be encouraged to reduce employee hours to avoid the mandate. it's not quite as rosy as some democrats hope it is. >> the truth of the matter is, anderson, if you look back when we first put aca into action, we've had 45 of the strongest months of job creation in this country since the '90s. 8.1 million jobs have been create since obamacare's been in effect. we're reducing the deficit. and guess what? something that we've been struggling with for a long time, actual costs of health care in this country, are actually coming under control. so that's the reality of obamacare. i'm mind boggled by the fact that republicans again think they can take 2012 and run 2012 again in 2014, making up all
these false accusations about obamacare. that's somehow going to persuade the majority of voters who voted for barack obama to switch parties and vote for republicans. >> well ralph what about that? a lot of republicans have been saying this report says obamacare will eliminate 2, 2.5 million jobs. that's not really what the report says. there's a difference between reducing the labor force by 2.5 million and losing 2.5 million jobs from the economy. >> if you read the report, which i did today, it really sketches out a very depressing and bleak economic future between now and 2024. you're looking at 400,000 equivalent full-time workers lost per year over the next five years. you're looking at inexorable decline in labor participation which they say is going to continue. it's already its lowest in 37 years. and then the deficit begins to explode after about 2020 primarily because of health care costs of which aca is going to be a part. so there's no way to take this
report and put lipstick on this pig. and when you combine it with the fact that people were told they could keep their health insurance if they liked it, 5 to 6 million have lost it, when you combine that with surveys by keiser and mckenzie and others showing that between 65 and 85% of the people getting insurance on the exchanges are people who lost their insurance, not the uninsured, anderson, but people who got dropped and are now going to the exchanges to get reinsured, this is just a very ugly picture. >> cornell, let me ask you in terms of this upcoming election, how damaging a message do you think this is? clearly we're going to be seeing a lot of commercials from republicans saying obamacare is costing 2.5 million jobs. >> but that's a lie. this is the problem, anderson. they are gearing up to make the centerpiece of their 2014 campaign strategy a lie and deceit. and look. partisan hat off just as a political strategist, how on earth as a party are you going
to grow and expand your base by doubling down on a lie that we've already sort of had a campaign about and where republicans in 2014 are going to say to all these millions of americans signing up for health care, you know what we're going to do, we're going to take that freedom away from you. i kind of like democrats' chances there. >> that's not really fair about what we're saying. in fact, if you look at the burr-coburn-hatch bill introduced i believe last week, it doesn't say we're going to take away your access to health care. it says the opposite. we've offered positive, optimistic, forward-looking reform that will replace obamacare and is a lot more efficient. >> so now we're ignoring the 40 plus votes on repealing obamacare that actually have happened. >> no. we don't want to repeal it. we just want to replace it. >> we want to replace it with something that's better. >> guys, thank you very much. >> thank you, anderson. up next, an update of breaking news. a new warning about toothpaste terror in the olympics.
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without a prescription. cardioviva. the u.s. is warning airline flights going to russia to be on the lookout for toothpaste tubes being filled with explosives. are you getting a sense of how credible u.s. authorities think these threats are? >> reporter: that's what they're trying to figure out and they're going to have to work closely with the russians on it. both sides are going to be looking at we're told communication intercepts, looking at basic facts like do they know where the bombmakers are these days? who is out there that would know how to do this, whether they were involved in it directly or may have trained chechens or people in the region to carry out this kind of thing. there's a lot of information on the internet that bombmakers may have looked for.
but to stuff a toothpaste tube full of explosives is just the beginning of what you have to do. it would have to be a device that would be fairly engineered. there would have to be a workable detonator, something that will make it go off and cause damage. so they're going to look at where is the capability to do that? and in the coming days, as they start to piece that together, that's going to give them a sense of the credibility of the threat. but right now, nerves are on such edge, i don't think anybody is taking any chances. >> appreciate the update. we also want to show you what's going on inside. americans are already fearful about the safety of the games. 57% of those surveyed. with thousands of people converging on the city, the concerns that sochi is not ready
for the impact. hotels are still under construction if you can believe it. reporters who are already there reporting that rooms are unfit and accommodations. one sent a photo of a sign posted in a bathroom. it add vised that toilet paper is not to be flushed with the tweet -- "people have asked me what surprise me in sochi. without question, it's this. another tweeted, my hotel has no water. the front desk says do not use on your desk because it contains something very dangerous. how would you like to have somebody at the front desk tell you that? an hour later the same reporter tweeted this photo of two yellow water saying water restored sort of. on the bright side i now know what very dangerous face water looks like. that does not look good. lot to talk about tonight with ivan watson. he is in sochi. >> this latest news about the possibility of a toothpaste bomb, how tight is the security situation? what's it like right now? >> reporter: they're calling it a ring of steel.
i think it's pretty accurate. the olympic venues are highly fortifie fortified. on top of that, even u.s. counterterrorism experts are saying they think the venues themselves are going to be very safe. their concern are soft targets beyond the olympic venues, beyond these walls of fortifications. frankly, the way that insurgents worked in russia before, they could hit any other city in the biggest country in the world, russia. that would serve to really raise fears, could cost lives and would deeply embarrass the government of russian president vladimir putin. >> one of the suspected masterminds behind the volgograd attacks was reportedly killed today. do you know anything about it? >> reporter: this is all coming from russia's state news agency, which is citing russian security services saying that a shootout broke out in this republic of dagistan and that in the process
a man they suspect of being the mastermind of these terrible twin suicide bomb attacks that he was killed along with several others. last week the russians said that they captured two brothers who they believed to have been accomplices in those suicide attacks. sochi is on the border of the caucuses. that's part of why the fears are so big, why the security concerns are so big, because russia and the international committee decided to have the winter olympics in the most difficult, most turbulent, most politically charged and conflict-prone part of russia and certainly of the caucasas. arguely also in europe. >> all those stories, this thing is starting in matter of days. are they ready? all these stories about hotels and bad construction. this thing is starting in a matter of days. >> reporter: listen. the russian authorities, the international olympic committee insist everything is going to be ready. the fact of the matter is, the scale of this project,
everything behind me basically here, all of this was built within the last seven years to a price tag of more than $50 billion. that's making it the most expensive olympics in history. and what we're definitely seeing is that some of the kinks have clearly not been worked out. now, the ioc, it claims that only 3% of the tens of thousands of rooms here in sochi are not ready. we've definitely seen some glitches here. and it's not just journalistic accommodations, it's a couple of five-star hotels, international chains. and they are not finished yet. so the test will really come probably in the next 48 hours here. >> all right. ivan watson, good luck. thank you, ivan. the "ridicu-list" is next. but i am so stuffed up, i can't rest. [ male announcer ] nyquil cold and flu liquid gels don't unstuff your nose. they don't? alka seltzer plus night fights your worst cold symptoms, plus has a decongestant. [ inhales deeply ] oh. what a relief it is.
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time now for the "ridicu-list." tonight we venture to one of my favorite states, texas, where a pin up calendar is pushing boundaries and raising provocative questions. let's check out some of the pictures, shall we? there's 70-year-old j.b. smith rocking the sheriff's badge. he was elected smith county sheriff in 1976 to 2012. mr. february. mr. july is 78-year-old ken threlkeld founder of an insurance company and grandfather of eight. conway homes founder steve conway. he's been married to his high school sweetheart for 46 years and still knows how to rock a tool belt. you're probably starting to get
the picture here. this is a calendar filled with page after page of good sports. dentists, business men, city leaders who strip down for a good cause. it's called the taking it off for the dogs calendar, raising money for the spca of texas to build a shelter for the rescue and adoption of unwanted animals. you can buy your copy at their website. all the models say it was pretty much a no-brainer to be involved in the charity project. >> what little we could do to sit in a bathing suit and take a photograph, i was proud to do that. >> there's been nothing negative about it. it's a great cause. the spca is doing a great job. i don't know how anybody could argue against it. >> exactly. a fun calendar for a good cause. how could anybody argue against it? nobody can except of course someone did. someone has a problem with this particular photo. this is dr. aubrey sharp, keeping it cool in january. he is 69 years old, the dean at tyler junior college and on the
board of multiple charity organizations including meals on wheels. now, a female board member of that organization has quit her position because of the charity calendar. here's part of the written statement she gave a local news station, kltv. >> for the record, my resignation was prompted by the decision of our board president to pose in the nude for the fundraising calendar. >> yeah. also for the record, dr. sharp says he didn't actually pose in the buff. >> well, i didn't pose nude. i was wearing short britches. >> see? short britches. i'm not even sure what they are, but i like them. being a charitable man he doesn't hold any grudges against the board member who left because of his photo shoot. >> she's a wonderful person. smart, a great board member. we hate to lose her. it was just a difference of opinion. >> so the people who put together the calendar told us quote we understand that a small minority may be offended and we respect that stance. the calendar was done in good faith with much consideration and good taste. our only objective is to raise as much money as possible for a
manage shelter in our city. again go to taking it off for the dogs.com. the calendar is about $20. the priceless photography will last the whole year through. on the "ridicu-list." that does it for us. erin burnett "outfront" starts now. breaking news. terror warning tonight for u.s. air lines. what they believe terrorists are preparing for the olympic games two days away. four people under arrest for the drugs found in philip seymour hoffman's apartment. the evidence linking them to the act actor. a special report. and this is a live picture of a candlelight vigil. fans and fellow actors remembering an incredibly talented man. let's go "outfront." i'> good evening, everyone.